Listening Therapy Works!

Make Listening and Learning Easier

Building better listening skills is possible with intensive and targeted therapy.  The evidence-based and clinically proven programs offered by Auditory Pathways develop and strengthen multiple areas of the brain, including the central auditory system.

A variety of programs are offered to help your child.  These program simultaneously target literacy & cognitive skills using the principles of neuroplasticity.  They literally build stronger neural connections by increasing the surface area of the nerves which increases the speed of transmission of auditory information to the brain.

Stronger and more efficient neural connections make listening and learning easier.

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Targeted auditory skill development helps the brain gradually condition to various listening situations. When your child can master auditory skills in isolation, they can then tap into those skills automatically in real-time conversation. As a result, active listening in less tiring and more natural. This is similar to how isolated practice in sports helps an athlete condition to the skills that they need to draw on automatically in a real-time game.

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Fast ForWord™ and CAPDOTS™ can help if your child experiences:

  • Learning Disability
  • Dyslexia
  • ADHD
  • Memory Impairment
  • Head Injury
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disability
  • Poor grades
  • Speech and Language Disorder
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • History of Ear Infections

“With the documented potential of a variety of auditory training procedures to enhance auditory processes, the opportunity now exists to change the brain and in turn, the individual’s auditory behaviour…”

From the American Academy of Audiology Clinical Practice Guidelines Diagnosis, Treatment & Management of Children & Adults with Central Auditory Processing Disorder, August 2010.

Safe & Sound™ Protocol (SSP)

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.  It stimulates the nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory nervous system with specifically processed music to ‘retune’ the nervous system to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage.

This intervention exercises the neural network associated with extracting speech from background noise and helps reduce auditory hypersensitivities and selective sound sensitivity.  Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy.  It is not used as a stand-alone program but rather as part of other therapeutic interventions, depending on your child’s needs.

The SSP is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges
  • Inattention
  • Stressors that impact social engagement

This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to “retune” the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage.  This allows the child to better interpret not only human speech, but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language.  Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviours and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate, and engage are often seen.